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The Philadelphians In Concert on WRTI: Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla Conducts Mozart and Mahler

Frans Jansen
Maestra Mirga Graznyte-Tyla

Mirga Gražinyt?-Tyla is a fast-rising star in the classical music world, and she's on the podium conducting Mozart and Mahler in this Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast from 2018.

Mirga Gražinyt?-Tyla is a fast-rising star in the classical music world, and her debut performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra back in February of 2018 was highlighted by a revelatory reading of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. We're pleased to rebroadcast this concert on Sunday, November 29th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, November 30th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2. 

Check out the Orchestra’s digital stage performance of Erwin Stein’s arrangement for small ensemble of Mahler’s 4th on December 3rd. More information here!

Mirga, recently appointed music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony, was joined for this concert by pianist Menahem Pressler, and they began the concert with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23.

Mirga was recently appointed music director of one of the UK’s major orchestras: the City of Birmingham Symphony. She's joined in her own Philadelphia Orchestra debut by the pianist who made his Orchestra debut 72 years ago, Menahem Pressler, in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23.

Listen to WRTI's Bliss Michelson speak with soprano Janai Brugger.

Following intermission, soprano Janai Brugger joined the Philadelphians for a performance of the Symphony No. 4 by Gustav Mahler, the sunniest and lightest of his symphonic creations, and it is Ms. Brugger who will rejoin the Philadelphians in their digital stage concert on December 3rd, in that crucial last-movement role for soprano.

Following in the footsteps of Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, and Andris Nelsons at Birmingham, Ms. Gražinyt?-Tyla has electrified audiences all over the world.

Pianist Menahem Pressler fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and emigrated to Israel. He won first prize at the Debussy International Piano Competition in San Francisco in 1946, followed by his American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Eugene Ormandy.

Menahem Pressler, founding member and pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, and among the world’s most distinguished and honored musicians, continues, at age 94, to captivate audiences wherever he performs.

Mahler’s 4th symphony has a crucial last-movement role for soprano, and young Chicago native Janai Brugger, a rising star herself on both the opera and concert stages around the world, will be onstage for this Philadelphia performance.

During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis chats backstage with Maestra Gražinyt?-Tyla, and Bliss Michelson sits down for a talk with Ms. Brugger.

It’s hard to top Mozart and Mahler, so I hope you’ll join me for this Philadelphia Orchestra re-broadcast!


Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23

     Menahem Pressler, piano


Mahler: Symphony No. 4

     Janai Brugger, soprano

The Philadelphia Orchestra

     Mirga Gražinyt?-Tyla, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, streaming online at, and on our mobile app! Listen again on Mondays at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.